Gov Abiodun, Obasanjo, Amosun mourn as Ogun monarch joins ancestors


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has described the late Towulade of Akinale, Oba Femi Ogunleye, as a great leader who lived an eventful life and put his community on the world map during his reign.

Oba Ogunleye, one of Nigeria’s topmost journalists, died in the United Kingdom on Wednesday at the age of 79.

Abiodun, in a condolence message to the Ogun State Council of Obas and Akinale community, said the late monarch contributed his quota to the development of Ogun State after an illustrious career as a journalist.

“It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Oba Femi Ogunleye, a revered journalist and traditional ruler who passed away in London on Wednesday at the age of 79.

“Oba Ogunleye was a titan in the media industry, known for his unwavering commitment to journalism and his quest for truth and accountability. As the Towulade of Akinale, he was a respected monarch who worked tirelessly to uplift his people and foster development in Ogun State.

“His distinguished career and selfless service have left an indelible mark on our society. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ogun State Council of Obas, his family, friends, and the entire Akinale community.

“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire future generations,” the statement said.

Also, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in his condolence message by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed shock over the passing of the monarch.

Obasanjo, currently in South Africa for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second-term inauguration, recounted how Oba Ogunleye had informed him of his travel plans just weeks earlier when he was in high spirits.

He noted that Oba Ogunleye’s absence would be deeply felt not only in Owu and Ogun State but across Nigeria.

Similarly, Senator Ibikunle Amosun described the monarch as one with unwavering commitment and passion towards the development of Akinale, Owu Kingdom, Egbaland, and Ogun State.

He added that as the 1st Towulade of Akinale, who was crowned in 2006, Oba Ogunleye played significant roles in influencing many positive developments that took place in the community and was always at the forefront of promoting peaceful co-existence and unity among the people.

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